Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Prediction - spooky goings on

And so we approach that annual witching hour that we call Halloween where spooks and spirits seek to suck our souls to hell (depending on what beliefs you subscribe to). Me, I see this as a gloriously wonderful time of year where the scary gets celebrated and we get the chance to see some glorious tales to chill our very cores.

I'm hoping that the Predictioneers will all rise to the challenge this week and give me something with a ghostly tinge to honour this time of year. But before then I am sure you want to know who the winner was from last week.

After much deliberation I have decided that my winner is......RR Kovar with Impact. Rebecca - this is a tale which I confessed in my comments that I didn't grasp at first (my dimwittedness rather than your writing) but when I understood the fullness of it, boy was I blown away. Clever, clever stuff which I would encourage everyone to go back and read.

My runner-up this week is Matt Farr with his two takes on Only the Mundane Vices and its sequel. Matt - a sombre tale which shows the depravities of men which are often supported by the blind eye and deaf ear of those around (how topical it seems). Two well presented takes on how the victims react, each with an incredible ending.

And an honourable mention to Mr John Xero for two pieces which put a smile on my face twice over with both sets of words I provided for play.

As always, congratulations to my winner and runner-up accompanied with huge pleasure at having read all the other wonderful entries. I do so hope you all decide to come play again this week.

So, to the spooky words that will be provided for our delight....well my tome is getting quite exciteable as we get closer to the 31st, it's like Christmas for him and I'll be leaving him out a special mince pie if he behaves (though I won't divulge the filling to you dear friends). Oh, oh, oh, he's telling me something....
  • Tumour
  • Farm
  • Lucid
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine. Just have fun!

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 1 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 2 November. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

Astound me with your brilliance this week!

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Prediction - and life goes on

Hello all, my apologies that this will be a brief piece from me this week. Sadly my grandmother died recently and I have been away for the funeral which was later in the month than anticipated. Therefore I hope you forgive me my lack of commentary this time and I will post pictures of Lily and I plus review of FantasyCon next week when normal service will resume.

My winner this week is Matt Farr with In the Midst of Death. Matt - as I said in my comments, really good imagery and some emotionally charged stuff to boot. I loved the concept that the devil's playground is the war ravaged plains of Earth rather than some subterranean cavern deep below.

Runner-up is Sandra Davies with her two latest installments of The Blacksmith's Wife. Sandra - you left me shell-shocked at the end of both pieces and I doubt there was any other reader who didn't feel the same way. I fear for our heroine and yet am desperate to see what happens next (peeking from behind my fingers).

Congratulations to both and thank you all for entering and commenting this week.

Words for this week are:
  • Dodge
  • Pretend
  • Monastery
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine. Just have fun!

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 18 October to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 19 October. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!
 
Looking forward to reading some turbo-charged writing this week!